News in Brief 23 June 2015 (PM)

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The humanitarian crisis particularly affects the most vulnerable which includes the elderly, children, women and the disabled, many of whom rely entirely on humanitarian assistance. OCHA/Eman Al-Awami/File Photo

Vital medicines dispatched to Yemen

Health kits, IV fluids and other essential medicines have been delivered to health facilities in four areas of Yemen, the UN humanitarian office (OCHA) reports.

They will be used to treat more than 430,000 people, including patients with dengue fever.

The UN and partners recently launched a US$1.6 billion appeal to address what they called a "looming humanitarian catastrophe" in Yemen.

Roughly 80 per cent of the population, 21 million people, are in need of assistance as basic services collapse and hunger increases.

WHO appeals for US$60 million to prevent shut down of Iraqi health facilities

The World Health Organization (WHO) is urgently appealing for US$60 million to avert the closure of 77 health facilities in Iraq.

This number represents more than 80 per cent of health projects in conflict areas.

WHO says the facilities could be shut down by the end of the month.

More than three million displaced Iraqis are living in tents, and poor access to health care and soaring temperatures have reportedly caused dehydration and the spread of diarrhoeal diseases.

Afghan parliament attack a "blatant disrespect" to democracy: Security Council

The Monday morning attack on Afghanistan's parliament has been condemned in the strongest terms by the UN Security Council.

The 15 Council members deplored civilian casualties resulting from it, which they described as a "blatant disrespect" to democracy and rule of law.

The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the co-ordinated attack which involved a car bomb and gun battle.

All assailants were killed and two civilians died.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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